If you read this you probably already know we have an open position at Wash U in evolutionary biology. I hope you forwarded it to worthy candidates and to others that know such people. I suppose the form that forwarding will take is that you will tweet the message, like it on Facebook, or post it on your own page. Then your friends will notice. Some you might even tell in person.
I worry about bias. How will the information on this open position reach a diversity of candidates? My blog and my tweets are open to all to see, though my Facebook page is not. If you are a serious evolutionary biologist, I’ll accept your friendship even I don’t know you, however.
There are open sources, many, that we have posted to in accord with our search plan. I expect any evolutionary biologist looking for a position would look at evoldir first. This wonderful site is Brian Golding’s inspiration. What did we do without it? I’ve also posted to ecolog and to SACNAS. We are advertizing in Science.
What I am not doing, for the first time, is emailing tons of colleagues about the position. I always found this challenging, and again worried about even coverage. We want to hire the best applicant, someone we probably don’t even know. We have no one in mind and want you to apply! I hope you heard about this position.
By the way, we will soon be advertizing for one or two postdoctoral fellow openings in our lab group and hope to get excellent applications there too. We will be calling for applicants in three areas as per new funding.
I’m looking forward to new faces in the lab group and department. St. Louis and Wash U in particular is the place to be!